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Johnny Bassler

John Landis Bassler

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: June 3, 1895 in Lancaster, PA (All Transactions)
Debut: July 11, 1913 (Age 18.038, 3,938th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1921 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Naps 1913-1927

Last Game: September 30, 1927 (Age 32.119)
Died: June 29, 1979 in Santa Monica, CA
Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, CA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 28, 2014 1:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1065. Bucky Harris… #1066. Jim Russell… #1067. Brook Jacoby… #1068. JOHNNY BASSLER… #1069. Mike Kreevich… #1070. Milt Thompson… #1071. Jimmy Callahan… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1913 18 CLE AL 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 /2
1914 19 CLE AL 43 94 77 5 14 1 1 0 6 3 2 15 8 .182 .323 .221 .543 62 17 1 0 2/5O9
1921 26 DET AL 119 463 388 37 119 18 5 0 56 2 1 58 16 .307 .401 .379 .780 101 147 3 14 *2
1922 27 DET AL 121 454 372 41 120 14 0 0 41 2 1 62 12 .323 .422 .360 .782 108 134 2 17 *2 MVP-6
1923 28 DET AL 135 478 383 45 114 12 3 0 49 2 2 76 13 .298 .414 .345 .759 103 132 0 18 *2 MVP-7
1924 29 DET AL 124 456 379 43 131 20 3 1 68 2 1 62 11 .346 .441 .422 .864 125 160 3 12 *2 MVP-5
1925 30 DET AL 121 433 344 40 96 19 3 0 52 1 1 74 6 .279 .408 .352 .760 96 121 1 14 *2
1926 31 DET AL 66 228 174 20 53 8 1 0 23 0 0 45 6 .305 .447 .362 .810 112 63 0 8 2
1927 32 DET AL 81 256 200 19 57 7 0 0 24 1 0 45 9 .285 .416 .320 .736 92 64 0 9 2
9 Yrs 811 2864 2319 250 704 99 16 1 319 13 8 437 81 .304 .416 .361 .777 104 838 10 92
162 Game Avg. 162 572 463 50 141 20 3 0 64 3 87 16 .304 .416 .361 .777 104 167 2 18
DET (7 yrs) 767 2768 2240 245 690 98 15 1 313 10 6 422 73 .308 .420 .367 .786 106 821 9 92
CLE (2 yrs) 44 96 79 5 14 1 1 0 6 3 2 15 8 .177 .316 .215 .531 58 17 1 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1913 18 CLE AL 1 2 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .450 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /2
1914 19 CLE AL 43 94 -3 0 0 -1 2 -2 -0.3 4 2 0.1 .495 .499 0.3 0.0 3 2/5O9
1921 26 DET AL 119 463 5 1 0 -1 5 10 1.0 17 27 2.7 .508 .506 2.7 0.4 28 $3,500 *2
1922 27 DET AL 121 454 10 1 0 1 4 16 1.5 17 33 3.3 .513 .510 3.2 0.4 32 $5,000 *2 MVP-6
1923 28 DET AL 135 478 8 1 0 2 4 14 1.4 18 32 3.2 .511 .509 3.0 0.6 30 $8,000 *2 MVP-7
1924 29 DET AL 124 456 20 1 0 3 4 28 2.7 17 45 4.4 .521 .516 4.0 0.7 42 $9,000 *2 MVP-5
1925 30 DET AL 121 433 4 1 0 2 4 10 0.9 16 26 2.6 .508 .506 2.4 0.5 25 $10,000 *2
1926 31 DET AL 66 228 7 0 0 2 2 12 1.1 9 20 2.0 .517 .507 1.8 0.4 18 $10,000 2
1927 32 DET AL 81 256 1 1 0 1 2 5 0.5 10 15 1.5 .506 .503 1.4 0.3 14 $10,000 2
9 Seasons 811 2864 52 5 0 9 26 93 8.9 108 200 19.6 .511 .508 18.7 3.4 191 $55,500
DET (7 yrs) 767 2768 55 5 0 10 25 95 9.2 104 199 19.5 .512 .508 18.5 3.4 189 $55,500
CLE (2 yrs) 44 96 -3 0 0 -1 2 -2 -0.3 4 1 0.1 .493 .499 0.2 0.0 2

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1913 CLE AL 18 C 1 2 1 0 1 0 .500 1.00 .965 6.60 1 1 0 0% 45%
1914 CLE AL 19 C 25 18 16 149 99 42 8 3 .946 5.64 .967 6.69 4 31 29 48% 45%
1914 CLE AL 19 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.30
1914 CLE AL 19 OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
1914 CLE AL 19 RF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.60
1921 DET AL 26 C 114 111 92 560 433 113 14 7 .975 4.79 .971 4.89 10 53 53 50% 45%
1922 DET AL 27 C 118 113 92 545 421 113 11 12 .980 4.53 .977 4.81 7 73 46 39% 43% MVP-6
1923 DET AL 28 C 128 121 92 587 447 133 7 8 .988 4.53 .975 4.82 9 57 84 60% 45% MVP-7
1924 DET AL 29 C 122 116 93 516 402 103 11 11 .979 4.14 .972 4.61 2 69 52 43% 44% MVP-5
1925 DET AL 30 C 118 107 80 470 375 87 8 14 .983 3.92 .977 4.60 3 55 39 41% 45%
1926 DET AL 31 C 63 57 42 284 223 61 0 6 1.000 4.51 .979 4.66 1 30 28 48% 43%
1927 DET AL 32 C 67 58 46 269 206 56 7 8 .974 3.91 .974 4.63 1 30 19 39% 39%
9 Seasons C 756 701 553 3382 2607 708 67 69 .980 4.38 .974 4.79 38 399 350 47% 44%
1 Season 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.30
1 Season OF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00 0-0-1
1 Season RF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.60
9 Seasons TOT 758 702 554 3382 2607 708 67 69 .980 4.37 .974 4.79 0-0-1 38 399 350 47% 44%
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1922 AL (6, 20%)
1923 AL (7, 27%)
1924 AL (5, 34%)
0.81 Career Shares (310th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1924 AL  4.0 (10th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1924 AL  0.7 (8th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1924 AL  .346 (5th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1922 AL  .422 (7th)
1923 AL  .414 (8th)
1924 AL  .441 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1923 AL  76 (9th)
1925 AL  74 (7th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1924 AL  .668 (10th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1922 AL  31.0 (8th)
1923 AL  29.5 (9th)
1924 AL  34.5 (9th)
1925 AL  57.3 (3rd)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1923 AL  128 (3rd)
1924 AL  122 (4th)
1925 AL  118 (4th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1921 AL  433 (5th)
1923 AL  447 (5th)
1924 AL  402 (5th)
1925 AL  375 (3rd)

Assists as C s c a p y
1921 AL  113 (4th)
1922 AL  113 (5th)
1923 AL  133 (2nd)
1924 AL  103 (3rd)
1925 AL  87 (3rd)
Career  708 (96th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1921 AL  14 (4th)
1922 AL  11 (3rd)
1924 AL  11 (5th)
1925 AL  8 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1922 AL  12 (4th)
1923 AL  8 (5th)
1924 AL  11 (3rd)
1925 AL  14 (3rd)
1927 AL  8 (5th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1921 AL  10 (3rd)
1922 AL  7 (4th)
1923 AL  9 (4th)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1921 AL  53 (5th)
1922 AL  73 (1st)
1923 AL  57 (5th)
1924 AL  69 (2nd)
1925 AL  55 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1921 AL  53 (4th)
1922 AL  46 (5th)
1923 AL  84 (1st)
1924 AL  52 (3rd)
1925 AL  39 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1914 AL  48.3 (4th)
1921 AL  50.0 (5th)
1923 AL  59.6 (1st)
Career  46.7 (60th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1921 AL  4.79 (2nd)
1922 AL  4.53 (4th)
1923 AL  4.53 (5th)
1926 AL  4.51 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1921 AL  .975 (5th)
1922 AL  .980 (5th)
1923 AL  .988 (2nd)
1924 AL  .979 (4th)
1925 AL  .983 (4th)

Youngest s c a p y
1913 AL  born 1895-06-03 (4th)
1914 AL  born 1895-06-03 (4th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 8 (1569), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 16 (974), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 18 (865), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (73rd), 19.6 career WAR/19.5 7yr-peak WAR/19.6 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1921 26 Detroit Tigers $3,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1922 27 Detroit Tigers $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1923 28 Detroit Tigers $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1924 29 Detroit Tigers $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1925 30 Detroit Tigers $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 31 Detroit Tigers $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 32 Detroit Tigers $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$55,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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